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The Biograph catalog summarized this film as follows: “This is the celebrated duel scene from the melodrama "Women and Wine," enacted by the original characters of the Drury Lane cast. The women fight with butcher knives, and their struggle is intensely interesting and realistic.”
       Filmed at Mutoscope's London studio. The actresses are thought to be Beatrice Homer and Edith Blanche.
       The American Mutoscope Company was co-founded in Dec 1895 by former Edison Manufacturing Company inventor William K. L. Dickson (who left Edison in Apr of that year), fellow inventors Herman Casler and Harry Marvin, and businessman Elias Koopman. Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893). In the summer of 1896, when Edison introduced the Vitascope 35mm projector, American Mutoscope immediately came out with its own 68mm projector that offered a superior image. In 1899, the company changed its name to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, then shortened it nine years later to the Biograph Company. By that time, Dickson had joined British Mutoscope in London, England. ...

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The Biograph catalog summarized this film as follows: “This is the celebrated duel scene from the melodrama "Women and Wine," enacted by the original characters of the Drury Lane cast. The women fight with butcher knives, and their struggle is intensely interesting and realistic.”
       Filmed at Mutoscope's London studio. The actresses are thought to be Beatrice Homer and Edith Blanche.
       The American Mutoscope Company was co-founded in Dec 1895 by former Edison Manufacturing Company inventor William K. L. Dickson (who left Edison in Apr of that year), fellow inventors Herman Casler and Harry Marvin, and businessman Elias Koopman. Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893). In the summer of 1896, when Edison introduced the Vitascope 35mm projector, American Mutoscope immediately came out with its own 68mm projector that offered a superior image. In 1899, the company changed its name to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, then shortened it nine years later to the Biograph Company. By that time, Dickson had joined British Mutoscope in London, England.

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AMB Picture Catalogue
Nov 1902
p. 238
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Alternate Title:
Duel to the Death
Release Date:
1897
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
25
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In the duel scene from the melodrama Women and Wine, enacted by the original actors of London's Drury Lane cast, two women, rivals in love, strip off some of their clothing and fight with butcher knives, until one fatally stabs the ...

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In the duel scene from the melodrama Women and Wine, enacted by the original actors of London's Drury Lane cast, two women, rivals in love, strip off some of their clothing and fight with butcher knives, until one fatally stabs the other.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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Duels, Knives, Stabbings
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